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Guns used for sculpture on Country Club roundabout
By: Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas-- One woman found a way to turn weapons of violence into symbols of peace.
Margarita Cabrera is creating a sculpture on the soon-to-be roundabout at Country Club Road and Memory Lane. Uplift, the sculpture, will be designed as a flock of birds taking flight together.
It refers to this uplifting of a community, uplifting of cultures, and the uplifting of the individual spirits, said Cabrera.
Her inspiration comes from the decrease in violence across the border in Juarez.
Not only will the community be involved in this project, so will the weapons that were once used for crime.
Guns that were confiscated by police will be recycled into material to sculpt the art project.
Were going to use them to transform these objects and make them part of our sculpture. It gives us an opportunity as a community, me as an artist, to use an object that represents death and violence and transform it into something that represents life, creativity and something more hopeful for our community, said Cabrera.
People from the city can join in on the design of the wings of the birds.
They create these symbols. We give them a template for one of the wings with papel picado (perforated paper) attached to it. Then with chisels and hammers, they create designs like this, said Cabrera.
Participants interested in helping design the sculpture will have one last chance to make their mark.
When: Nov. 16, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Where: Museo de Arte en Cd. Juarez, Circuto Envolvente del Pronaf Ave. Lincoln y Coyoacan Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua 32311
The project is set to be revealed in summer 2014.